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Winds of the Forest

(Forestborn #1)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  13 reviews
In the only surviving part of the earth sits the post-apocalyptic West-African Kingdom of Nayja. In the only place where humans still exist lives four tribes, the Kingfishers, the Ammirians, the Rowans and the Arnazuris but one tribe is dominant and must remain so.

Seventeen-year-old Genesis Romunda is one of the elite hunters of Black Forest, the Arnazuri community where
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temi ★

4.2 STARS.

characters: 4/5
pacing: 4/4
actual substance of the story: 5/5
romance and/or significant friendships: 3/5
the writing: 4/4
creativity: 2/2

- 1 point for insufficient world-building


In this book, we are welcomed to the Kingdom of Nayja (likely a future Nigeria since it could be interpreted as "Naija") that has inhabitants of the Kingfisher, Rowan, Ammirian, and Arnazuri tribes. Genesis Romunda, a 17-year-old girl, is the only elite hunter of the Arnazuri tribe. She lives in the Black
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The mind is a powerful weapon but a heart is far too easy to break.’

One of my favourite lines from this witty, intelligently written book.

A young adult series dotted with adventure, betrayal, love and friendship, this first book in Forestborn series takes you for a ride. What I loved about this book was it’s easy language, yet it had the power to hold you captive.

The story was detailed and well explained from the angle of all the characters. That’s another plus point of this book and the flow in
Grace Anthony
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, read-2018
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Winds of the Forest is the first book in the Forestborn series written by Dele Daniel, a promising author.

Genesis Romunda, a 17 year old girl and one of the elite hunters of the Arnazuri Tribe, hunts and tracks animals to prevent her tribe from starving to death and to pay off their debts in which she has only 24 hours to do. However, a rebellion is brewing and she has been warned to stop hunting. Genesis thinks that the rebellion is stupid. It is a suicide mission. She is determined to
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dystopian is at its best when it seems plausible. When it hovers just close enough to reality to shoot your heart into your throat and leave it there, beating madly for the story’s entire duration. Winds of the Forest did just that and more.

The story is told through the eyes of a teenage girl named Genesis. Unlike many heroines in this genre, she’s got a good head on her shoulders. Her thought process is rational, her common sense firmly intact, and her feelings justified. I couldn’t help but
Rachel Barnard
Genesis Romunda is from the Arnazuri tribe in the post-apocalyptic West-African kingdom of Navia. She is an elite hunter like others in her community, but her tribe is considered the lowest of the four tribes in Navia. Historically, Arnazuri have always been subservient to the other tribes, providing meat for the others and only getting scraps in return. Some in Genesis's tribe believe that this is an inequality that should not exist and start a rebellion. Genesis believes that a rebellion will ...more
Rachel Horon
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am in awe of this well-written story. It takes place in West Africa after catastrophe has destroyed the rest of the world. What saves this area is not know. What is known is that the four tribes have a purpose for the greater good of all. However Genesis is a devote hunter for her tribe that is fighting against the royal Kingfisher group. They feel mistreated and confined because of who they are. What they don't know if that there is more to their group. Genesis is against the revolution, even ...more
Chris Keaton
Unique because of the African local and that’s where I thought the originality ended, but it steps into some hints of mysticism, but never enough to make you think these prophecies were anything more than superstition, but I wonder.

This book hits all the dystopian young adult checks.
- A dystopian future where the world was destroyed as we know it.
- A teen girl skilled with a weapon hunts for her family.
- Her tribe is poor, but they are the makers and hunters of food.
- An oppressive tribe runs
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book with an open mind and no real idea what the book was about. I was drawn into the story immediately. I couldn't put the book down. I wanted to know more about this world and the different tribes. I thought the people were interesting and the school was downright odd. I loved that the girls Madison, Alyssa and Genesis got along so well. I kinda wish Madison and Alyssa were a bit more involved in the story. I was very disappointed in Zudera. I thought she was a better ...more
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
Refreshing Change of Scenery

A refreshing change of scenery from the usual american or euro-centric dystopias, I loved the author's setting the story in what is modern day West-Africa, and his creation of history and tribal conflict. However, what started off great, kind of slumped off near the 70% mark; the last quarter of the book fell short of it's potential. Main character went from a strong hunter to a silly, almost helpless teen. I was disapointed to see her needing to be propped up by a
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Winds of the Forest was a great, fun read. I have read Dystopian novels with female leads but I was glad this was set in a world I wasn't familiar with but now really love. I really liked how the main character grows through the book and is a somewhat different person at the end. Wish we could have been told more about Remington's background but I guess it's a series so the Author can do more in the next book. Highly Recommended.
Phillip Murrell
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
Wind of the Forest is a well executed book in a post-apocalyptic world. Most of the Earth is now toxic to humans. The exception is Nayja, which is in modern day West Africa. The book is the first in a series and easily grabs your attention through amazing world building and genuine characters. Genesis, the main protagonist, is perfectly written. I mean that literally. She is one of the best written characters I’ve come along in many years and many books. Everything else about the book could have ...more
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Dele was born in Ibadan, an ancient African city in Nigeria. After studying and working in different cities in England and the United States, he has finally adopted the city of Toronto as his home. He is the Author of Winds of the Forest, the first book in the planned Forestborn young-adult series and The Adventures of Alex Spider, first of his middle-grade Sci-fi/Mystery series. He is also ...more